(Update: Click here to listen to Charlie Sykes and I discuss the election results.)

It wasn’t a clean sweep for supporters of Scott Walker on the ballot in Wisconsin last night. But there is no other way to look at it: It was a very good night for Wisconsin Conservatives (With a notable exception of the Milwaukee school board, more on that, here). Liberals lost races they had spent a lot of time and money to win and were left with less significant victories down-ballot.

It all starts with the re-election of Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack.

Supreme Court

99% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Pat Roggensack (inc)

478,420

57%

 

Ed Fallone

355,591

43%

 

The results of that race point to an incredible missed opportunity for conservatives, however. Look at the drop off in votes from Roggensack to the token opposition pro-education reform forces put up against establishment incumbent State Superintendent  Tony Evers.

 

Supt. of Public Instruction

99% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Tony Evers (inc)

475,339

61%

 

Don Pridemore

301,132

39%

 

Pathetic.

Yet the conservatives scored two key wins in down ballot races in Southeastern Wisconsin as well. Judge Tom Wolfgram was throttled by newcomer Joe Voiland.

 

Ozaukee Circuit Court Br. 2

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Joe Voiland

12,999

63%

 

Tom R. Wolfgram (inc)

7,714

37%

 

Scott Walker judicial appointee Rebecca Bradley successfully fended off a challenge by the liberal machine in Milwaukee County.

 

Milwaukee Circuit Court Br. 45

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Rebecca Bradley (inc)

54,530

53%

 

Janet Protasiewicz

47,483

47%

 

Two other Walker judicial appointees did not fare as well, with Judges Rebecca St. John and John Yackel losing close contests in Dane and Lincoln counties, respectively.

 

 

Dane Circuit Court Br. 16

 

98% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Rhonda Lanford

42,639

53%

 

Rebecca St. John (inc)

38,519

47%


 

 

Lincoln Circuit Court Br. 2

 

96% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Robert Russell

3.067

52%

 

John Yakel (inc)

2,887

48%


 

 

Former Democratic  State Representative Tony Staskunas will be able to pad his pension. He squeaked by to win a seat on the dysfunctional Milwaukee County Board.

 

Milwaukee Co. Supervisor 17

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Tony Staskunas

4,452

51%

 

Tom Anthony

4,285

49%

 

Refrom-minded candidates in Burlington were not successful in their efforts to gain seats on the school board there.

Burlington Schools (2 seats)

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Larry Anderson (inc)

2,684

29%

X

Jim Bousman

2,503

27%

 

Julie A. Koldeway

2,154

23%

 

Norma Miller

1,957

21%

 

Change was in the air. Incumbent mayors in Sheboygan, Mequon, Cudahy and New Berlin were ousted.

 

Sheboygan Mayor

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Mike Vandersteen

4,059

51%

 

Terry Van Akkeren (inc)

3,862

49%

 

Mequon Mayor

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Dan Abendroth

3,877

51%

 

Curt Gielow (inc)

3,785

49%

 

Cudahy Mayor

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

John Hohenfeldt

1,629

51%

 

Tony Day (inc)

1,591

49%

 

New Berlin Mayor

100% reporting

 

Name

Votes

Vote %

X

Dave Ament

6,105

58%

 

Jack Chiovatero (inc)

4,351

42%

 

There will be a lot to dissect in the coming days, but some quick thoughts on that Voiland shellacking of former Judge Wolfgram.

Voiland beat a 19-year incumbent judge. Trounced him. Voiland only lost two wards in the whole county.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the folks at iVerifytheRecall.com and others who worked so hard to make sure the names of the recallers were public. The left tried to hijack the Governor’s office in 2012. They wanted to do it in secret. The GAB was going to let them. But citizen activists fought back and made sure those who threw the state into turmoil were exposed.

The MPS elections are ominous however, and the DPI debacle is a reminder that conservatives still have a lot of work to do.